(Received 16 March 1991; accepted 24 January 1992)
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The toxicologic results from the 47 victims of the explosion on the USS Iowa are presented. Good correlation between carboxyhemoglobin saturations and cause of death was found. There were no correlations between blood cyanide concentrations and causes of death. Volatile analysis suggested postmortem ethanol production rather than antemortem ethanol ingestion. No drugs except nicotine were detected in any of the victims.
Chief, Forensic Toxicology Laboratory; Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC
Assistant Armed Forces Medical Examiner, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C.
Chief, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C.
Armed Forces Medical Examiner, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C.
Chief Toxicologist, Royal Air Force Institute of Pathology and Tropical Medicine, Halton, Aylesburg
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